2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks




These 2018 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings will be updated often throughout the summer, so make sure you check back from time to time.

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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks (Aug. 19):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-35


  1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans. Bye: 10.
    JULY 25 UPDATE: Deshaun Watson has avoided the PUP list, as expected. Watson has been working out like a madman this offseason, and he's poised for a huge year if he can stay healthy. He's my No. 1 player in the Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings.

    JUNE 14 UPDATE: Deshaun Watson has been practicing without a brace. This is great news for Watson, whom I have listed as my No. 1 fantasy quarterback. Barring injury, he's going to have a huge year.

    Despite playing just six-and-a-half games, Deshaun Watson threw for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 269 yards and two more scores. If you extrapolate that over 16 games, you get the following numbers:

    4,180 passing yards, 46 passing touchdowns (!!), 19 interceptions, 662 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

    Looks pretty good to me! Watson is a dynamic quarterback who will likely be completely healthy by the start of the season. He's one of the top fantasy quarterbacks for 2018, but hopefully the hype doesn't push him up in your draft.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,050 passing yards. 32 passing TDs. 14 INTs. 550 rushing yards. 4 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 332.

  2. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks. Bye: 7.
    What Russell Wilson does despite having absolutely no offensive line is ridiculous. Getting no help from his blocking, Wilson threw for 3,983 yards, 34 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions in 2017. He also rushed for 586 yards and three more scores. Wilson could finish as the top fantasy quarterback in 2018 with better protection, but the Seahawks haven't provided him with any, unfotunately.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,000 passing yards. 32 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 520 rushing yards. 3 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2018 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 331.





  3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers. Bye: 7.
    Aaron Rodgers is coming off an injury-ravaged 2017 season, so perhaps that'll cause him to be drafted earlier than he should be. Rodgers is still one of the top fantasy quarterbacks available, and he could have a great 2018 campaign with his former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin coaching him once again.

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    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,250 passing yards. 34 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 310 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2018 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 324.

  4. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Bye: 4.
    Can Newton accumulated the fewest yards of his career for a 16-game slate this past season. He made up for it with his 754 rushing yards, but there's hope for his passing stats. That would be because the Panthers hired Norv Turner to be Newton's offensive coordinator. Newton is a strong QB1 option for 2018.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 3,700 passing yards. 24 passing TDs. 14 INTs. 570 rushing yards. 6 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2018 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 309.



  5. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots. Bye: 11.
    Tom Brady turns 41 in August, but he's still going strong, thanks to his crazy diet and voodoo regimen. Brady threw for 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2017. He's bound to regress eventually, but it would be foolish to bet against him at the moment.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,450 passing yards. 31 passing TDs. 8 INTs. 30 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2018 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 295.





  6. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts. Bye: 9.
    AUG. 11 UPDATE: Andrew Luck threw the ball in live action for the first time since December 2016 in his preseason debut at Seattle. Luck led the Colts on a scoring drive that culminated in a field goal to start the game. He went 6-of-9 for 64 yards. However, Luck threw mostly short passes and didn't put himself in a position where he needed to use his arm strength; even his fourth-down conversion was a short toss to Robert Turbin. There was one exception where Luck tried to complete a pass that needed velocity, but cornerback Justin Coleman broke up a possible completion. I wouldn't hit the panic button on Luck yet, as he may have been just taking it easy in his first return to live action, but I need to see his arm strength at some point this August before I invest a fantasy pick on him in the first eight rounds. It's worth noting, however, that Luck took a hit to the shoulder on a third-down scramble on his second of two possessions, but got up and didn't look like he was in pain at all.

    JULY 30 UPDATE: In his first padded practice, Andrew Luck was 12-of-14 in 11-on-11 situations, and one of the incompletions was a dropped touchdown. And yes, he was throwing NFL-sized balls. We still need to see Luck in real-game action, but this is great news for his fantasy outlook. T.Y. Hilton obviously needs a bump as well.

    JULY 25 UPDATE: Colts head coach Frank Reich said he expects Andrew Luck to play in the preseason opener. This is quite the shock; Luck was ready for training camp, but I didn't expect him to see game action so soon. This is obviously very encouraging for both him and T.Y. Hilton.

    JULY 21 UPDATE: Andrew Luck has been cleared for training camp. He'll take some days off, but he won't be limited when he practices. This is obviously great news, and if Luck looks like his old self in preseason games, he'll be worth drafting as a QB1.

    JUNE 19 UPDATE: Andrew Luck said that the pain from his shoulder is gone. That's great news, but it'll be even better if we see that Luck hasn't lost any of his arm strength. He'll be a must-watch in the preseason.

    JUNE 14 UPDATE: Andrew Luck just threw a pass for the first time in 527 days. The catch is that he was throwing a high school football, which is a bit lighter than a pro ball. Still, it's a good sign that Luck will be ready to play in the season opener.

    Remember there was speculation that Andrew Luck would be able to play in the season opener last year? So much for that! Luck missed all of 2017 because of a shoulder injury. It's unclear if he'll be ready for 2018, but if he is, he should revert back to QB1 form, albeit with a heavy amount of risk. Unfortunately, Luck still isn't throwing a football yet.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,100 passing yards. 29 passing TDs. 15 INTs. 260 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 288.

  7. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Bye: 6.
    Despite playing through some injuries in the middle of the season, Matthew Stafford had a strong fantasy campaign, compiling 4,446 yards, 29 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. There's a coaching change, but his offensive coordinator has remained, so Stafford should have a strong 2018 season.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,350 passing yards. 27 passing TDs. 11 INTs. 120 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 284.

  8. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles. Bye: 9.
    AUG. 19 UPDATE: Carson Wentz has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills. With Nick Foles nursing a shoulder injury, the Eagles may rush Wentz back a bit sooner than expected.

    AUG. 8 UPDATE: Carson Wentz could be held out the entire preseason. There was previous optimism with Wentz, but Doug Pederson has scaled down his practice time because he saw some hesitation from Wentz with his knee.

    JULY 30 UPDATE: There's more great news on Carson Wentz: He practiced in full pads in 11-on-11 drills this weekend. In fact, some linemen made contact with his knee, and he was fine. At this point, it would be surprising if Wentz weren't under center come Week 1.

    JULY 27 UPDATE: Carson Wentz has managed to avoid the active/PUP list. This is obviously very encouraging news, as there's a good chance that Wentz will be ready for the season opener against the Falcons.

    JUNE 7 UPDATE: ESPN's Chris Mortensen said he's starting to believe that Carson Wentz will be ready for the season opener. Wentz may not have his complete mobility, however, so I would not draft him in the first five rounds (his ADP is 6.01.)

    MAY 30 UPDATE: Carson Wentz has been jogging without a hitch, according to Jeff McLane of Philly.com. This is obviously great news for Wentz's outlook for Week 1, though he still should be considered questionable for the opener.

    Carson Wentz was my big fantasy quarterback sleeper for 2017, and that prediction looked great until he tore his ACL. Wentz did this in early December, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's close to 100 percent by kickoff weekend, based on how hard he works. Wentz may run a bit less in 2018, but he's an elite quarterback who should be considered of the top fantasy players at the position.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 3,800 passing yards. 29 passing TDs. 9 INTs. 220 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2018 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 284.



  9. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Bye: 8.
    Matt Ryan took a step backward this past season with Steve Sarkisian serving as a clear downgrade from Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator. Still, his touchdown total dropping from 38 to 20 was substantial. Ryan could rebound a bit in 2018, especially with Calvin Ridley now on the roster, but it's difficult to completely trust him as a fantasy quarterback as long as Sarkisian is calling the shots.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,400 passing yards. 29 passing TDs. 10 INTs. 110 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2018 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 283.

  10. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers. Bye: 11.
    The 49ers took a shot, trading a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo during the season. They waited a few weeks to get him on the field, but once he played, it became clear that he's going to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL quite soon. In five starts, Garoppolo threw for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Over a 16-game slate, that equates to 4,992 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Garoppolo will have a better supporting cast in 2018, with Pierre Garcon returning from injury, Jerick McKinnon added in free agency, and Dante Pettis selected in the second round of the draft. Garoppolo should be considered a QB1.

    Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 4,300 passing yards. 29 passing TDs. 12 INTs. 30 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2018 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 279.


2018 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks (Aug. 19):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-35






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